Bell's Raspberry Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wildman on 10-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
15.27%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where most fruit beer makers like to celebrate the candied fruit components of raspberry, Bells prefers to draw from more Belgian-esque form and employ a more tart and true-raspberry character that chases from nose to finish.

Certainly fruit-centric, the ale pours with a mauve body but capped with a modestly pinkish froth. Light and and foamy, its head retains half the session before giving way to the acidity of the fruit. After which, a memory of lace adorns the glass in the beer's wake.

Fruit forward for certain, the culinary experience starts with a must fruit scent and overtones of raw raspberry. Settling in a bit its taste is semi-sweet and semi-dry with the robust character of vine-picked raspberries. Both its delicacy and its racy acidity plays out on the bed of dry cracker malts that provide the most modest of sweetnesses- its an ale that plays off of the fruit but doesn't entirely rely upon it.

Mid-light in body, its early malt and embedded carbonation gives creamy impressions, but after that, win-like acidity and dryness balances that of malt for a finish that's fruity, semi-dry and lingers with a memory of berry.

I love the ale- but I understand that as a fruited beer, its potential is limited. It's easy, effortless and straddles the fence of what's sweet and what's sour. But its sessionability is not questioned as it can be enjoyed all summer long!

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one, Derek.

A: The beer pours a bright reddish color with a white head that maybe has a hint of pink.

S: Smells like raspberries. Apart from those, there is a lot of grass and a light grain scent, perhaps some corn, too. A decent amount of wet straw, in there as well.

T: The taste is a bit like raspberry seltzer water. Very highly carbonated with a decent amount of sweet raspberry. It is a touch watery and like the aroma, is heavy on the grain, straw, and grass.

M: Somewhat light in body with a very high level of carbonation.

O: Disappointing. The fruit flavor is pretty decent, but the base beer is just not good and detracts from the overall experience.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Javier at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark red with good clarity a fleeting bubbly head.

S: Sweet, unbridled raspberry seed and flesh. Smells nice, but there's nothing else going on. Raspberry jam.

T: Tastes like sparkling raspberry cider. Moderately sweet with a low bitterness. The fruit isn't enough to make this interesting, and the base beer has a lot of corn in the flavor that becomes tiring.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An okay fruit beer. The aroma is much better than the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Watch out when you pop the cork on this one! Definitely a gusher!

Raspberry Ale is a pink stained copper color. Backlighting gives it sort of a crimson look. A light pinkish-white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger before falling. Surprising given the excessive carbonation. Lacing was stickier than expected.

The nose is rather average. It lacks strength and depth. It smells grainy and a bit earthy up front. Raspberry wastes little time jumping into the mix. It definitely dominates the nose. Frankly, it works pretty well with the earthy notes. Alcohol isn’t a factor. It doesn’t smell overtly bad. It just doesn’t smell very good either.

The flavor is a little better. It starts out grainy and earth. Definitely reminiscent of a wheat beer. Raspberry is more subdued in flavor. I like that. It still is the focal point. It works well with the earthy and grainy notes, but it’s still just a tad too fruity. There are some light malty notes that are interesting. They give it a little more of a ‘beer’ flavor. Definitely a good thing. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Finishes with a mix of berry and grainy flavors.

Raspberry Ale has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely excessive and buzzy. Not even close to smooth. Less bubbles would really be an improvement. It still goes down easy and is somewhat refreshing. I wouldn’t mind it on a hot day.

Bell’s Raspberry Ale is just okay. I was excited to find it in the general store on our trip to Michigan, but it’s not quite up to Bell’s usual standards. The raspberry aspect and the excessive carbonation are just a tad too much. To be fair, it’s not bad. I’ve had far, far worse berry beers. If you’re into fruit beers, you just might love it…if you can find a bottle.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is ruby in color with practically no head.

smell: Aromas of raspberry puree and light malts are found. Moderately sweet smells.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a medium high, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Slightly tart flavor or raspberry blended with the grainy sweetness of light malts. No hops are noticeable to me at the time.

drinkability: easy enough...as a beer, this could use some more character

Sampled on tap at Maduro in Madison at the Bell's Great Taste pre-party. Not sure if this is the same beer or not, but it was listed as Raspberry Ale, so this will do until I hear otherwise.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.61/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle numbered 380/495 poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a nice, frothy 2 finger powdery white head with poor retention. Beer is an elegant, clear bright red. Lacing is patchy and sparse with little cling. Average for the style though the color bumps up the score just a bit.

Nose is raspberry juice and some corn and yeast in the background. Adjunct-y. Weird.

Opens sweet raspberry that turns a touch tart half-way through. Simple and nice except for the fact that this all seems to be placed against a background of rice and corn adjuncts that completely ruin the experience. Finish is tart with a raspberry fruit aftertaste. A bit watered down too... though this one gets better as it warms a bit.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and a bit watery going down. Slightly messy finish with an aftertaste that lingers just a touch. Average.

I'm really disappointed by this one. Bell's hasn't made any duds by my account but this one comes alarmingly close. For a brewery that puts out the likes of Hopslam, Two Hearted, and Double Cream stout, this is a bit of an aberration... skip it.

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3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a faint hue of purple/pink. Aroma is powerful raspberry. Taste is incredibly tart and just overpowers any malt flavors or hop bitterings. Real fresh fruit taste as opposed to so many fruit beers. Main issue with this is it's just too powerful and hard to plow through even 10-12 ounces. I did get a second and mixed with Third Coast Beer and this double cut produced an even more drinkable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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Bell's Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.47 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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